Fix Windows Registry Permissions

Registry permissions are significant when you try to add or edit a protected registry key. You might run into a registry key or value that you don’t have permission to edit and get a message saying Cannot edit something or you lack permissions for making changes.

Normally, protected registry keys are only open to modification by the Windows system. But if you are confident to edit your registry, here’re the solution to help you unlock the Windows registry permission and obtain the new power.  

Notice! Make sure you back up the Registry and back up your computer before making changes. You should also make a System Restore point using Neptune SystemCare before continuing so, if something goes wrong, you can always roll back.

Solution 1 | Change Registry Permissions

1. Press Windows Key + R on the keyboard and type regedit. Click “OK”. Now you enter Registry Editor.

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2. Right-click the key that you can’t edit and then choose “Permissions” from the drop-down menu.

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3. Click the “Advanced” button when the Permissions window appears.

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4. In the “Advanced Security Settings” window, next to the listed Owner, click the “Change” link.

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5. In the “Select User or Group” window, under the “Enter the object name to select”, enter your Windows user account name in the box and then click the “Check Names” button to validate the account name.

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6. Go back to the Permissions window and select “CREATOR OWNER” and click “Remove”.

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7. Then click the “Add” button to add your user account to the list, and then give that account the Full Control permission.

Enter your user account name or your Microsoft email account, click “Check names” and then click “OK”.

Select your user account, and check “Full Control” in “Allow” column.

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Go back to the Registry Editor, you should now be able to make the changes to the key. Once again, this solution might cause other issues with your Windows PC if you’re not careful enough.

Solution 2 | Use Hidden Administrator Account

Actually, Windows has a hidden administrator account that allows you to have the “superpower” and make various changes.

1. Press Windows Key + X on the keyboard to open the menu. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) or Powershell (Admin) for some Windows 10 users.

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When Command Prompt opens, type net user administrator /active:yes, and then press ENTER.

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After doing that, you should see a message that the command completed successfully. Log out, and you’ll now choose to log in the Administrator account. Once you enter this account, you should be able to changes your registry keys.

If you want to stop the access to the administrator account, you could disable it by following:

- Logged on your regular user account, and then open an administrator mode command prompt as how you do it for enabling the feature.

- Type the following command:

   net user administrator /active:no

- Press enter.

Now the administrator shouldn’t show up on the login screen anymore.

 To avoid any potential problems that could damage your Windows PC, you should be extra cautious and create a backup before trying any solution about registry repairing. Fixing registry permissions is no simple task, but you should be able to fix this issue using either of the solutions above.